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One might suggest that today’s just under 65-mile Tour de Menlo bike ride was easy-peasy for Menlo Park resident Jym Clendenin (pictured left above with fellow rider Bill Brownwell).

We say that as Jym, who recently turned 80, celebrated that milestone with a “flat” 80-mile ride with friend Bo Crane that turned into a 90-mile ride with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet, plus afternoon heat that hit 95 degrees. Jym was two pounds lighter the next morning!

Today Jym measured his distance at 62.126 miles.

The Tour de Menlo is a fundraising ride for the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation. That’s Rotary Club member Tom Gibboney (right) launching the ride at Menlo-Atherton High School this morning.

After taking different routes from the start — there are 35 and 46-mile options — all riders stop for a final rest stop at Madrone Park. Once back at M-A, riders are rewarded with a BBQ lunch and a little music.

Last year, the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation awarded over $100,000 in need-based scholarships to outstanding high school seniors at Menlo-Atherton, Eastside Preparatory, East Palo Alto High and Sacred Heart Prep. Most of the awards are made to students planning to attend four-year colleges and universities, but other grants go to students who begin at local community colleges.

Photos by Jym Clendenin (c) 2019

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Xtreme Science Magic comes to Belle Haven branch of the library on Aug. 7

Science is magical! Get hooked on science during Don O’Brien’s fast-paced, interactive family show full of experiments, demonstrations, and plenty of fun audience participation to amaze children & adults alike! The event takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the Belle Haven branch (413 Ivy Dr.) of the Menlo Park Library. Don O’Brien was a […]

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Register for Tour de Menlo taking place on Aug. 17

Make plans to ride Tour de Menlo on August 17, which offers three Peninsula routes for cyclists of all abilities, along with good weather, great food, and plenty of SAG support for those who need it. Registration is available online. Riders have their choice of 35-, 46- and 65-mile routes, all well-marked and beginning at […]

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Eight M-A seniors receive scholarships from the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club

The Menlo Park Kiwanis Club awarded $57,000 in scholarships to eight graduating seniors from Menlo-Atherton Hight School. Each scholarship winner was selected because of his or her outstanding academic record and service to many M-A and community organizations. Pictured here are John Martin, Chair of the Kiwanis Club’s Scholarship Committee; Luciano Perez Hernandez who will […]

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Menlo Park Rotary grants $30,000 to local nonprofits

The Menlo Park Rotary Foundation, the financial arm of the Menlo Park Rotary Club, awarded 11 local organizations a total of $30,000 in community grants. The grants were awarded primarily for educational programs serving K through 8th grade students from low-income families in the local community. Lisa Cesario, Foundation President, commented: “We are fortunate to […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club donates $5,000 to M-A Football Association

For the second year in a row the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park has donated $5,000 to the Menlo Atherton Football Association. “Our mission is to help the children of our community”, said Ned Moritz, president of the local Kiwanis Club. “During the past four years the football program at M-A has brought both improved […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis Club announces six weeks of speakers

There’s something for everyone at upcoming Menlo Park Kiwanis Club meetings where a new and relative topic is discussed every week. Meetings at Allied Arts Center start at noon on Tuesdays at Allied Arts Center. Here are upcoming meetings: February 5: Bruce Wellings of Wellings Wealth Care, will discuss the new tax law and how […]

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Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation – grant application process now open

The Grants Program of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park Foundation is dedicated to serving the needs of the Menlo Park community. The area of focus for grants in 2019 is education programs serving low-income K through 8th grade students in the Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, and adjacent unincorporated areas. Only 501(c)(3) non-profit agencies […]

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Menlo Park Kiwanis name officers for club’s fiscal year

Edward “Ned” Moritz – pictured right – (Alain Pinel Realtors) was named President of the Menlo Park Kiwanis Club for the upcoming year. He replaces Brian Rigonan (BPR Law Group), who will remain as Treasurer. Other officers for the new term are Tim Wright, Secretary, and Bruce Wellings, Assistant Treasurer. The club’s fiscal year runs […]

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Eating pancakes and climbing on fire trucks makes for fun morning in Menlo Park

The 18th annual pancake breakfast was held Saturday morning at Menlo Park Fire District headquarters, a benefit for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. The always well-attended event starts with breakfast. Pancakes get flipped by fire fighters with Boy Scout Troop 222 assisting in the fire-house-turned-dining-room. The event is co-sponsored by Junior League of Palo Alto•Mid Peninsula, […]

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Rotary Connects on Oct. 10 features Don Peppers

The Rotary Club of Menlo Park invites people to join them for a local networking event featuring speaker, Don Peppers. Don, a best-selling business author, is ranked by SatMetrix as the world’s most authoritative expert on customer experience. He will discuss ideas out of his book Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage, including: Why technology […]

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